Manitou moves on marijuana, Palmer Lake talks, and Obama says what? 


More info for Manitou

With the town of Manitou Springs expected to approve recreational marijuana as we went to press, it's timely that local retired pharmacist and medical-marijuana patient Dean Frankmore is hosting an informational session at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs).

Titled "Creating a Healthy, Cannabis-Friendly Community," the discussion will attempt to offer a broad look at the plant, writes Frankmore in an email to the Indy.

"A community meeting in Manitou a couple months back showed me just how much education is still needed in this area," he says. Among the topics Frankmore lists as possibilities: "Why do so many people use cannabis? What is the history of cannabis use? What does modern research say about cannabis use? What is the biology of cannabis?"

He adds: "A fair portion of the presentation contains my own work in the area, namely in the realm of psychopharmacology."

Passionate in Palmer Lake

Last Saturday brought an informational town hall to Palmer Lake, where residents sounded off on the coming April vote to reverse the ban on recreational marijuana. Tempers reportedly flared at the meeting, which included testimony such as a letter given to the town council by Planning Commission member Jim Adams (and provided to the Indy).

"The only question for town council or the citizenry to consider is whether or not profit from cannabis sales in Palmer Lake will be taxed, in a well regulated environment, or remain untaxed and unregulated on the black market," Adams wrote. "As it is, the Town Council has ignored the majority vote of the citizens, repeated requests from businesses and individuals, a citizen petition, and a guarantee of large revenue increases, and voted, never less than four to one against, to deny retail cannabis sales."

Currently, at least one MMJ center operates in the area. Another chance for local feedback will come Feb. 15.

Obama on pot

The Jan. 27 issue of The New Yorker includes a statement from President Barack Obama to which Mason Tvert and other pot-over-alcohol backers could relate. Talking to editor David Remnick while on a West Coast fundraising tour near Thanksgiving, Obama mentioned his marijuana habits as a youth and dropped the bomb: "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." Obama also said cannabis use is less dangerous "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It's not something I encourage, and I've told my daughters I think it's a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy."

Ultimately, said the president: "The experiment that's going to be taking place in Colorado and Washington is going to be, I think, a challenge."


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